(PART ONE) (PART TWO) (PART THREE)
Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 23.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D Please sign the Sasuke DVD Petition! I'd love for EVERYONE to be able to have their own copy of Sasuke to watch at their leisure. For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE NAVI FALL 2009 (1 hour review of Sasuke 23 with fluff pieces of all the major players in the upcoming Sasuke!) Oh.. and as Ube says: If you are from the G4 Forums, DON'T POST THIS THERE. They expect everyone to stick their head in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist..
UBE'S Sorta-LIVE-BLOG FOR SASUKE 23 IS HERE!
(Massive thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English and Japanese of all the competitors!!)
Time for.. Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己
Ube and I have personal bets whether or not Drama Queen Yamada is going to emerge or turn into something else. This time.. he seems very very introspective.. at least so far.. let's see what happens..
Yes.. someone in TBS hates him.. Take a drink.. Yamada crying video!
Is my boob still there? - TBS does a looooooong intro for him.. it also includes a few clips from previous disasters from Sasuke including this one from Sasuke 22.
Will Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 reign supreme!?!
Ube is conveniently hiding behind the Red button.. he feels safe back there.. LOL
Did I explain how much TBS hates him? I mean.. they cracked out the CHART! He's failed 9 times in a row.. and TBS wants to make sure you now.. they passionate over there about their charts..
Okay we are back with Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 (His theme song is called 幻夜 (Genya) is from the 六三四 MUSASHI album Far East Groove
Sqqqqqqqqqquuuuuuuuuueak.. he almost fell on the Curtain Slider! .. but he hung on.
Okay for once I feel bad for him.. he clearly is tortured about this stupid obstacle.. Yamada taking his time and praying before he attempts the dreaded Jumping Spider..
Okay he stuck the landing.. so far..
Damn Nagano is all over this one.. He's SCREAMING encouragement to him..
Okay he sees he's still ON the Spider walk so he and Takeda seem relieved. Oh btw.. COMMERCIALS..
Now we are back.. and Yamada is back at the Jumping Spider.. are.. we .. is this an omen?
Okay no.. just TBS being dramatic. Yamada having no issues with the Spider walk either..
Okay! HPA no issues either! He's actually starting to move again! Geez he takes his time on things normally..
Damnit I jinxed him.. wtf.. he clearly needs to change his "set up" for the wall.. he walked TO the wall then walked back.. it's like he forgets how big it is??
Okay.. for real.. he goes to run up the wall..
Yes he's got the top!
Nooooo he let go.. and there goes more time...
HE SLOWED DOWN AGAIN! I swear he needs a brain transplant..
He's doing the mini walk again.. makes no sense.. you don't gather any speed with this! And he's not hurt...
Here we go again....
Doh.. not even close.. even further back than the last time..
Gahh.. down he goes again...
And trips over his own feet...
Hmm he doesn't seem to be limping as I originally thought when I saw this..
Meanwhile.. Nagano is having hysterics, Takeda and Shingo are mesmerized..
Nagano's letting him have it.. LOL
RUN DAMN YOU! (lol I have no idea what he's yelling)
... don't read lips.. LOL!!!!!!
Okay he's having a hard time watching...
Looks like Yamada is about to go up the wall again..
Nagano is jumping for him!
AND down he goes.. (meaning Yamada)
If Nagano can successfully channel that energy to Yamada he'd be unstoppable..
He's.. walking.. not limping.. WALKING.. /sigh..
Okay.. he must hear Nagano screaming again.. because he's going to run one more time...
.. aaaaaaaaaaand.. by the tips of his fingers..
Yep he got it..
K he has like no time left but he's smart enough to at least try this obstacle out (Ala Bunpei with the Flying Chute from 19)
.. crap he's doomed.. look at his hand.. Nagano failed the last time doing this.. Man he's stubborn..
K here goes the dismount..
And just what I thought.. wow he's upside down too!
Ick.. he got his foot caught..
New nightmare to haunt Yamada now..
And.. Nagano sees him get ready for the jump..
Nagano's channeling not working.. it's being absorbed by the thousands of fangirls.. :D
He sees Shingo and Toshihiro...
LOL Just what I thought.. he's making the motion with his hands..
.. that he used the wrong grip.. even though they discussed this at nauseum..
LOL Shingo does a quick nod.. he read the memo
Oy the next 6 months are going to suck...
Shingo can't help but cheese.. LOL
Now the wait for him to come out of the water..
Damn the water over here sucks too... Crap is in my eyes..
But all is well.. I still have my boob...
TBS reminding him he had it the first time around.. and let go..
There goes that grip...
Which pulled him too far back..
And.. ouch that looks.... ew.. how do you prepare for a landing at that angle?
Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 - Death by Slider Jump
Ube reminds us.. this is the 10th failure in a row :p
UP UP AND AWAY!!! Brian Orosco ブライアン・オロスコ and his Superman impression.. LOL
Clearly he had a mask or something on.. he's got bedhair.. LOL I'm sure they will show that on the G4 version.. sometime in 2029...
Whoot.. doing great time through the Spider walk portion of the Jumping Spider
FLYING through the course.. he's up over the wall on the first shot!
Time for Slider Jump.. this is his first attempt since he wasn't here for Sasuke 22.
A little low but he caught it!
Holy cow look at that time as he grabs the Tarzan rope. He's slowing down now taking his time he doesn't screw up the ending here.
Next is the rope wall and he's taking his time.
AND CLEAR! With more than 18 seconds to go!
Now that's the 7th clear!!
Brian Orosco ブライアン・オロスコ Yay.. no flips :p AND he's a freerunner! LMFAO I love Brian :)
Speaking of flips.. LOL Levi RIGHT on cue :) At least he looks happy again!
Awww.. no female head tilt™ for Brian from the TBS chick
Levi will be #3
Team Tempest representin' LOL (j/k I added that last bit)
Genki Sudo 須藤元気
- Former MMA fight... wtf is he doing.. he's... popping? LOL he's doing the "Robot"
! (he's the guy that loves doing those outrageous entrances to the ring.. )
LOL wt.. swan dive to his left? He was nowhere near the mat!
Genki Sudo 須藤元気
- .. I want that Sasuke towel damnit!!! SHIP OVERSEAS DAMN YOU!
Wtf.. their agent needs to be shot... PROMOTIONAL video?? While him talking? Wow he's arrogant.. I don't care what he's saying.. LOL
Tetsuji Sakakibara 榊原徹士 of the boy band Shinsengumi Rien 新撰組リアン
- Death by Jumping Spider! (LOL the shrieking kid in the background going GAMBATTE!!! was priceless!!)
Wow I need to take some of this stuff home.. it's making my hair look AMAZING!!!
Dude.. I don't like this water.. it chafes!
- Bulgarian 5 Time Olympian and previous Sasuke competitor (Finalist in Sasuke 8 and lastly competed in Sasuke 20
Jordan Jovtchev.. the only man to ever fail the Spider walk! (Sasuke 8)
Jordan Jovtchev looks like a fish out of water.. lol I like him :) He's just so subdued.
Success on the Jumping Spider!
Actually pronounced Yordan.. anyway he's about to "Takeda-style™" the Warped Wall!
His first attempt at the Slider Jump!
And he caught it!
WHOOOOOOAH.. he dropped down a notch but still hanging on!
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH don't touch the water!!
Eep.. he did it.. wow so happy he's flexible..
What.. only 14 secs? Hmm.. GO JORDAN!!!!!!
Dangit.. timed out!! Not sure but there were not obvious mistakes.. just a slower pace killed him.
Jordan lightly taps the red button for his own satisfaction
Meh that sucks.. wish he went just a bit faster.
(大森晃) - Comedian Monkikki or Monkickey
(モンキッキー) (or "Monkey"), is coming back to compete after a 16 tourney absence! (that EIGHT YEARS)
He held the title for 3 consecutive Finals in a row! (of course before Nagano came along)
Well Damn.. now I got the stupid MONCHICHI song
stuck in my head.. (since the announcer calls him Monkicki)
(大森晃) - Comedian Monkikki or Monkickey
(モンキッキー) doing his trademark stance (I think.. I've seen it a few times before)
Doh! Monkey is pinballing around in the 12 steps.. he has to use his hands to keep him from falling off!
And again! He's stuck now on the 11th step!
LOL Straddles the steps as he ponders if he can make the jump...
WHOOT he did it.. LOL
Almost no set up for the Jumping Spider..
Oh that doesn't look good..
Crap he falls backwards and hits the mat!
.. and falls in the water..
(大森晃) - Comedian Monkikki or Monkickey
(モンキッキー).. he looks a whole lot younger these days without the dyed hair.. LOL (Psssst I want that towel...)
Fast forward time!!! Taiji ishimori 石森太二 Death by Jumping Spider
Pro triathlon guy Ryoichi Yamamoto 山本涼一 Death by Curtain Slider!
Handballer Tetsuya Kadoyama 門山哲也 Death by Jumping Spider
Doh he tried to reach out one handed.. mental note.. there's not enough space for that!
Kairi Kouchi 高智海吏 Awww.. another one.. Death by Time Up on the Rope Ladder.
Kairi Kouchi 高智海吏 is not at all happy...
I KNOW THAT SHAVED SKULL ANYWHERE! WHOOT!!
Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 is up next and it looks like they will SHOW HIS RUN! (Yay for Snowy!)
...and you ended it THERE??? WTF??? Way to leave me hanging. Sweet thanks, though. I've been lovin' the blogs. I'll await your coverage of Kongo's run with much anticipation. Hope you have lots of pics.
Poor Yamada. Still, he did better this time. I hope he clears the first stage next time. He's got a birthday coming up on the 22nd. I made a card for him (if you want to see it, it's on Multiply, same place as the Takeda pic) and got him a t-shirt that says LOUISIANA on it. I also wrote him a letter to wish him happy birthday and to encourage him to keep competing. He once said that it really touches him when children encourage him to keep competing. In Japan you're not an adult till you're 20, so Yamada would still consider me to be a child. I hope that helps and that he'll keep competing.
LOL Snowy! :) I'm working on Kenji's part now :)
Hey Tiger! Yep Yamada is the same age (a little younger) than my oldest sister. That's sweet you gave him something for it! I hope he responds! I think the fact that anyone would another country despite their age is still giving him support should make him fell good. And yes he did much better this time though he still has to fight whatever is in his head that keeps him from succeeding!
LMAO... So mean with the Yamada Congrats with the crying in the background... Yikes... :P
Omori.. WOW! I remember him being pretty good in some of the earlier competitions (less comedy, more domination).
Sounds funny but he does look younger now that he was when he kept painting his hair all those freaky colors.. LOL
hahaha...so Shingo "read the memo"!
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